Millions of browsing data collected in Chrome’s incognito mode will be deleted by Google

Google to Delete Millions of Users’ Browsing History, Including Incognito Mode Data

Google has announced plans to delete browsing history information for millions of users, including those who used the Incognito mode of its Chrome browser. This decision comes after a class action lawsuit filed against the company in 2020 by Google Chrome users who claimed that the private browsing mode was not as private as it should be. The lawsuit reported that user activity was being tracked even when Incognito mode was activated, including the collection of device data and IP addresses.

In December of last year, Google reached an agreement with the plaintiffs which resulted in updating the disclaimer for Incognito mode to clarify that websites visited can collect data and track online activity. The Wall Street Journal reported that Google will now delete “billions” of improperly collected browsing data from Incognito mode as part of the agreement. Additionally, the company has committed to blocking third-party cookies in its browser by default for the next five years.

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